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MC 423; Vt-71; Phon- 24; T-253; M-137

Albert, Mildred Levine, 1905-1991. Papers of Mildred Levine Albert, 1910-1991: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from the Albert family.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 423; Vt-71; Phon- 24; T-253; M-137
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Albert, Mildred Levine, 1905-1991
Title: Papers of Mildred Levine Albert, 1910-1991
Date(s): 1910-1991
Quantity: 1.67 linear feet (4 file boxes) plus 5 folio folders, 6 folio+ folders, 1 supersize folder, 25 photograph folders, 8 videocassettes, 1 phonograph record, 1 audiocassette, 1 reel of microfilm)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Biographical material, correspondence, fashion show programs, photographs, etc., of Mildred Levine Albert, international fashion consultant and educator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 92-M169
The papers of Mildred Levine Albert were given to the Schlesinger Library in September 1992 by her husband, James Albert, and their three children.

Processing Information:

Processed: September 1993
By: Bert Hartry

TERMS OF USE:

Access. Unrestricted, but researchers must inform the executor or his representative about their research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. As long as copyright is in effect (i.e., until August 2041), use of quotations of 250 words or more in any one publication requires the prior written permission of the executor, his representative, or a person named as successor to the executor and his representative upon the death of both these persons; the executor will inform the library in writing of the name and address of the successor. Quotations of fewer than 250 words may be made with the permission of the director of the Schlesinger Library.
Copying. Unrestricted.

Preferred Citation:

Mildred Levine Albert Papers, 1910-1991; item description, dates. MC 423, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Mildred Levine Albert Videotapes, 1985-1991 (Vt-71).

BIOGRAPHY

Mildred Albert, international fashion consultant, educator, lecturer, columnist, producer of fashion shows, and radio/TV-personality, was born on January 14, 1905, in Russia, the youngest of four children of Elizabeth and Thomas Levine. Her parents immigrated to the United States when Albert was three months old and she grew up in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
After what she described as a happy childhood and adolescence, Albert attended the Sargent School of Physical Education and graduated in 1926. The following chronology reflects her very active life, mainly in Boston:
The above chronology lists only a few of the thousands of fashion shows Albert produced. She also continued to serve as dean of the Academie Moderne, and co-director of the Hart Model Agency and Promotions, Inc.; spoke to women's clubs and organizations; made monthly trips to New York City to visit fashion houses and attend showings; traveled to Europe twice a year to interview leading designers and report back on trends from the fashion capitals of the world, and in later years to visit her daughter Joy and son Robert, who had settled in London, and their families; and in her mid eighties was still coordinating several fashion shows a week in Boston.
Albert was an overseer of the Wang Center for the Performing Arts, a director of the Boston Fashion Group, and a cofounder of the Boston Arts Festival; served on the Heart Fund and numerous other committees; and was a member of many organizations, including the Advertising Club, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Boston Ballet, American Women in Radio and Television, the Boston Chamber of Commerce, and the Back Bay Association. Her husband called her "the Mighty Atom."
Mildred Levine Albert died in Boston on August 26, 1991.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in five series:

SCOPE AND CONTENT

These papers yield very little information about Albert's parents and siblings, or her childhood, adolescence, and college years. There is, however, material about Mildred Levine Albert and James Albert, their children and grandchildren. The bulk of the papers documents Albert's professional life in the international world of fashion, her radio and television programs, the fashion shows she produced, and her involvement in the social life of Boston.
The arrangement described below follows the order of the papers when they were received as far as possible.
Series I, Personal and biographical (#1-36), includes biographical information, diploma and tributes, correspondence (family and other), programs, Albert's travel writings, documents re: Albert's death, and photographs.
Series II, Academie Moderne/Hart Model Agency (#37-53), is divided into two sections. The first, Academie Moderne, includes catalogs, brochures, programs, newsletters, commencement programs and photographs, and yearbooks; the arrangement is chronological, according to the first item in each category, and within each category. The second section, Hart Model Agency, includes correspondence and photographs re: the Heart Fund Ball (1957), brochures and photographs. See also Series III, IV, and V for both Academie Moderne and Hart Model Agency.
Series III, Fashion shows (#54-134), is divided into three sections. One, programs and related material is subdivided into: programs arranged alphabetically by name of sponsoring organization; programs arranged chronologically; and programs of shows produced by others. The latter includes related correspondence, press releases, etc., arranged chronologically.
Two, scripts is subdivided into three chronological sections: stage, radio, and television shows. Three, background material is subdivided into three sections: biographies of designers and fashion personalities, arranged alphabetically; press releases, clippings, notes, and publications arranged chronologically; and publicity photographs of designers, etc., arranged alphabetically, followed by miscellaneous photos arranged chronologically.
Series IV, Clippings (135-148), is divided into three sections, each arranged chronologically: Albert and family, Academie Moderne/Hart Model Agency, and Albert's newspaper and magazine columns.
Most clippings in folders #135-148 were discarded after microfilming. Request M-137. A few were retained and added to #1, 2f+.
Series V., Audiovisual material (149vt-158at), consists of videocassettes by or about Albert: programs of the "Good Day Show" (ABC/WCVB), on fashion and on Albert's 82nd birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Academie Moderne; and two interviews with Albert. There is also an audiocassette of Albert's instructions to an Academie Moderne posture class.

CONTAINER LIST

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Audiotapes
Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Businesswomen--Massachusetts--Boston
Exercise for women
Fashion--Massachusetts--Boston
Grandparent and child
Jewish families
Journalists
Older people--Employment
Modeling agencies
Models (persons)--Massachusetts--Boston
Radio programs
Radio scripts
Television scripts.
Voyages and travels
Women--Socialization
Women-owned business enterprises--Massachusetts--Boston
Women's television programs
Academie Moderne (Boston, Mass.)
Hart Model Agency (Boston, Mass.)

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